Re­cruit ‘conned work’

Bank be­lieved worker was on na­tional ser­vice

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - By Ali Al Shouk @alial­shouk

A bank worker tried to con his em­ployer into pay­ing him more than six months’ salary with­out hav­ing to work, a court has heard.

The Emi­rati, aged 30, is al­leged to have fin­ished na­tional ser­vice af­ter three months in March of last year - but tried to con­vince the bank he worked for that he was en­rolled un­til Septem­ber.

Na­tional ser­vice re­cruits are en­ti­tled to col­lect their ex­ist­ing salary while in the armed forces.

The de­fen­dant is ac­cused of forg­ing of­fi­cial doc­u­ments and fraud­u­lently ob­tain­ing Dhs157,343 from his em­ployer.

He de­nied the charges at Dubai Court of First In­stance yes­ter­day.

Prose­cu­tors said the man served from De­cem­ber 21, 2014 un­til March 12, 2015, af­ter which he would have been due to re­turn to work.

How­ever, they said he came across a doc­u­ment be­long­ing to a friend who wasn’t due to be dis­charged un­til Septem­ber 24, 2015.

A prose­cu­tor said the bank worker took a snap of the let­ter on his smart­phone and doc­tored it to con­vince his em­ploy­ers.

He said: “Af­ter he took the pic­ture, he up­loaded the photo on his lap­top and changed the in­for- ma­tion, by delet­ing his friend’s name and putting in his name.

“He also changed the num­ber of the Emi­rates ID and put his ID num­ber, be­fore mak­ing a copy of the forged let­ter and send­ing it to the bank.”

It was not un­til months af­ter the Dhs157,343 was paid out that the bank re­alised the al­leged de­cep­tion. The court was not told what the em­ployee did in his six months away from work, but he was caught in Oc­to­ber, 2015.

Prose­cu­tors said the worker ad­mit­ted the fraud dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion - but he de­nied this in court.

The trial was ad­journed un­til later this month, when the court will hear from his de­fence lawyer.

DUTY: Emi­rati men aged 18 to 30 are re­quired to serve the coun­try’s armed forces

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